0830 – Registration & Welcome Refreshments

Opening Insights

0900 - Opening Notes and Introduction by Conference Chair
click for bioKarl Jeffery, Founding Editor, Digital Ship

Karl JefferyEditor of Digital Energy Journal and Software for Domain Experts; conference producer for Digital Energy Journal, Finding Petroleum, Tanker Operator and Carbon Capture Journal; managing director of Future Energy Publishing, which runs Digital Energy Journal, Finding Petroleum, Carbon Capture Journal and Tanker Operator magazine, marketing manager Petromall, support conference organiser, Digital Ship.

Also co-author of "Your Situation Awareness - how digital technology can make it better" published Sept 2017.

Session 1

- iShipping

A Focus on Trends, Talent & Technology

0910 – In Pursuit of the Digital Platform

  • Electronic bills of lading
  • Trends in trade digitisation
  • Opportunities for carriers
click for bioIan Kerr, CEO, Bolero

Ian KerrIan Kerr was appointed CEO of Bolero in May 2014. He has 30 years’ experience in financial technology in a range of organisations starting with NCR and including IBM, payments and banking solution providers. Ian has the responsibility to lead Bolero through the next phases of global growth through the development of the company’s trade digitisation solutions. He has been based in the US and Singapore as well as the UK through his career and is a regular speaker at international trade and technology events. Ian holds a BSc from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

0935 - How Blockchain and Tradelens Facilitate trade and Improve Compliance
click for bioStewart Jeacocke, Customs Lead – Global Government Centre of Competence, IBM

Stewart JeacockeStewart is IBM’s global industry lead for Customs and also part of the TradeLens team. Within TradeLens he focusses on the transformative potential of TradeLens for government authorities and countries. As IBM’s global customs lead he, and his team, help Customs Agencies facilitate trade, protect their countries and collect revenue in smarter ways. When not working in the public sector he helps private sector organisations improve the effectiveness of their customs compliance processes.

He has worked with Customs Agencies in most parts of the world and is a regular speaker at international trade and customs events. He also contributes to key standards efforts such as the World Customs Organisation (WCO) Data Model Project and UN/CEFACT and is the author of various whitepapers, most recently ‘How blockchain and TradeLens facilitate trade and improve compliance’ (WCO News, Oct 2018).

Stewart holds a master’s degree from the University of Manchester in the UK.

1000 - If We are Serious About the Digital Transformation of Shipping, Open Source is the Only Way to Go

  • Why a single, proprietary digital platform for shipping would be bad for the industry
  • The lessons we can learn from the open source software movement
  • A real-world case study: how Open Banking has revolutionised UK consumer banking
click for bioNick Chubb, Head of Growth, Intelligent Cargo Systems

Nick ChubbNick Chubb MNI is the Founder and Director of Antares Insight, a market research and media consultancy which helps leaders within maritime and logistics understand the applications and implications of emerging technology within the industry. He started his career as a deck officer in the Merchant Navy before moving into maritime technology when he came ashore.

Nick is also the Head of Growth at Intelligent Cargo Systems; a maritime technology startup on a mission to eliminate delays in port. He previously worked at seafarer welfare charity Marine Society where he led the development of Learn@Sea, a digital education platform for seafarers with over 10,000 members.

Outside of work, Nick is an accomplished ultra-endurance athlete, having completed a 300-mile solo trek across the Arabian Peninsula and the notorious Marathon des Sables; a 156-mile ultra marathon across the Sahara Desert billed as “the toughest foot-race on earth”.

1025 - Discussion Forum: In Pursuit of the Digital Platform

  • Reviewing applications for blockchain in the maritime and logistics space
  • This forum will provide our session speakers with an opportunity to share their outlook and opinions and invite questions from the floor
Hosted by:
click for bioMike Powell, Founder, Cardinal Point Maritime

Mike PowellMike started Cardinal Point Marine Ltd in 2011. With nearly 40 years in shipping Mike has served as Master, qualified as a solicitor, and held a variety of senior roles in technical, legal, assurance and commercial disciplines. His career has included global commercial operations roles with Union Maritime Ltd, Maersk Tankers, Glencore’s ST Shipping & Transport, BP Shipping and he was also the first Director (Maritime) of the UK’s Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme (CHIRP).

Throughout his career he has been passionate about the safety and operational integrity of ships and the business benefits which result from first class operations. His consultancy is currently focussed on aspects of digitalisation, emissions controls and optimising organisations and processes.

Mike is a Liveryman and past Warden of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners and a Fellow of the Nautical Institute.

Additional participants include:
click for bioAlexander Varvarenko, CEO and Founder, Shipnext & Varamar

Alexander VarvarenkoFounder and CEO of SHIPNEXT (www.shipnext.com) - a Digital Automated Shipping Marketplace, and is growing into a decentralized blockchain-based network for transportation and Supply chain management. Based in Hamburg. Similar to “Google maps for cargo transportation” where all service providers and transport infrastructure interconnect.

SHIPNEXT now serves as a connection point for any owner of cargo (shipper, receiver, trader) and a transportation solution provider (ship owner, carrier, nvocc) to move commodity, dry-bulk, break-bulk and even heavy and oversized cargo.

Alexander is also a founder of VARAMAR - Shipping Company providing sea-transportation of project and heavy cargoes, steel products, IMDG, bulk and other cargoes between Black/Mediterranean Sea Region and Persian Gulf/India/SE Asia and South America. VARAMAR manages several liner and regular service routes with a fleet of modern, box, geared tonnage.

click for bioLars Funding, Independent advisor and Board member, Blockshipping

Lars Funding Former Regional CEO of MSC in the Nordics, Baltics, Poland and Russia. 25 years of executive management and Board experience including 14 years abroad in countries in Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa.

A professional career with 3 of the leading global container shipping lines. Extensive change management experience in leading complex, multi-cultural projects and matrix organisations in business environments with many stakeholders.

Strong desire to make a digital impact and combine value hunt with the UN SDG.

Navarino1100 – Tea/Coffee Break
Kindly sponsored by Navarino

1130 – Why the Call of the Sea is Stronger than Ever

  • Jon will outline why right now is a more exciting time than ever for the marine industry with opportunities all around us. He will discuss how we can overcome the challenges to creating value and the roles that people and technology can play in this.
click for bioJon Key, Director, Key and Co Ltd.

Jon KeyJon is currently working as an independent consultant. He has extensive marine experience in equipment manufacturing, support services and asset management in commercial and naval marine, in his previous roles with Bain & Company, Babcock International and V.Group. At V.Group, he was director of Strategy, Innovation and Transformation. Jon also has experience from related markets including oil and gas, energy, industrial goods and services and some less related markets in consumer and B2B. He has spent his career working on strategy, innovation and transformation with family owned, government, private equity backed and corporate businesses. His grandfather was sunk (twice) during The Battle of the Atlantic and Jon is a round the World Yachtsman.

1155 – Where Next for the Supply Chain?

  • Why the impact of e-commerce means a sea change for world shipping. Just as the introduction of containerisation had as big an effect as the switch from sail to steam, so will the impact of the next shipping revolution: e-commerce and the Internet of Things.
  • Containerisation transformed practices, slashed costs and bankrupted long established shipping businesses that failed to adapt; and make no mistake, so will the e-commerce global revolution.
  • Those businesses that fail to adapt and ignore the need to automate to integrate their supply chains with the likes of Alibaba and Amazon, won’t survive the next tsunami in world shipping. Conversely, as Amazon evolves into a freight forwarder and Alibaba starts to sell space on Maersk ships, it’s time to embrace the Prime shipping opportunities e-commerce brings.
click for bioDavid Jinks, Head of Consumer Research, Parcel Hero

David JinksDavid Jinks MILT is Head of Consumer Research for the online parcel broker ParcelHero. He is lead author of 2030: Death of the High Street, and appears regularly on national radio and in the national press discussing the impact of e-commerce; as well as topics such as the potential consequences of Brexit for exporters, and music festival logistics. He regularly presents masterclasses and webinars for the Department for International Trade’s Exporting is GREAT initiative.

David has over 20 years’ experience as a transport journalist, and was Publisher of The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport’s Logistics & Transport Focus magazine.

In a previous life he was Editor of Lloyds Shipping Index in the early 1990s – but as it began to crumble on his watch, he’d prefer to gloss over this!

1220 - Panel Discussion: Safeguarding Cyber and Security in an Increasingly Automated World
Hosted by:
click for bioJulian Clark, Global Head of Shipping, Hill Dickinson LLP - Chairman of the CMI Cyber Risk Sub Committee and Maritime London Technical and Innovation Committee

Julian ClarkJulian Clark is the Global Head of Shipping for Hill Dickinson and has overall management responsibility for the shipping group both in London and internationally. He was called to the bar of England and Wales in 1988 and has, since that time, been almost exclusively engaged in advising on maritime law matters and major incidents in the field. In 2011, having previously been a leading partner with another internationally recognised law firm, he launched his own boutique shipping law practice with two other colleagues, which soon established itself as a leader in shipping transport and trade. He has advised a wide range of Owners, Charterers, Operators and Traders in relation to a variety of matters ranging from piracy incidents in the Gulf of Aden to major casualties and ship building disputes. He has also drafted a number of commercial documents, including the terms and conditions for leading insurance facilities. He is an accredited CEDR mediator and supporting member of the LMAA, Baltic Exchange and Association of Average Adjusters.

Panellists include:
click for bioJayan Perera, Associate Director Cyber Security Consulting, Control Risk

Jayan PereraJayan is an Associate Director leading Control Risks’ Cyber Consulting and Response business in Europe and Africa. He manages a team of experienced advisory and response consultants who help organisations defend-against and respond-to cyber attacks.

Jayan supports organisations to design, review and improve cyber security strategies so they can defend against the specific threats that are likely to target them. He has advised organisations in the maritime industry on how best to protect their operations and has been involved in a number of vessel-based incident response cases.

click for bioPanteleimon Pantelis, COO, Ulysses Systems

Panteleimon PantelisPanteliemon Pantelis is a mechanical engineer who has worked in shipping as an engineer. he has been involved in shipping software and Ulysses Systems for 21 years. Ulysses Systems focusses on building software that works and that includes cyber security.

click for bioBrian Harrison, Group CEO, AVORD Group

Brian HarrisonBrian Harrison is Group CEO, AVORD GROUP, the worlds largest security testing platform, matching clients with highly skilled security professionals globally. AVORD will revolutionise how businesses organise and plan their security requirements. He is a former Senior Manager Cyber Security at Lloyds Banking Group and Global Functions Risk and Controls Officer at Shell Oil Company.

Marlink1300 – Lunch Break
Kindly sponsored by Marlink.

Session 2

- Investing in the Digital Era

1400 – Accelerating Change through Start & Scale-Ups
click for bioAnders Flensborg, Managing Director, Flensborg and Associates & Partner, PortXL

Anders FlensborgAnders Flensborg is Managing Director, Flensborg and Associates, a business development specialist company along the supply chain, based in Germering, Germany.

Sectors of involvement include Maritime, Automotive, Machinery, Automation, Ports & Terminals, Rail, RoRo, BreakBulk, Steel, Forest, Renewables, Container, Digital&Internet, Process Improvement, Innovation.

Successful projects since 2002 exceed US 2.3bn in value, including industrial developments, vessel contracts and key account revenues.

One recent project was the creation and execution of a build and buy concept for German Maritime Industry involving 11 vessel owners.

1435 – Shipping & Brexit – Impact in the Immediate, Short Term and Long Term Future

  • Opportunities and barriers
  • Round up of current position
  • Trade risks and opportunities
  • Impact on law
  • Impact on insurance
  • The future
click for bioJulian Clark, Global Head of Shipping, Hill Dickinson LLP - Chairman of the CMI Cyber Risk Sub Committee and Maritime London Technical and Innovation Committee

Julian ClarkJulian Clark is the Global Head of Shipping for Hill Dickinson and has overall management responsibility for the shipping group both in London and internationally. He was called to the bar of England and Wales in 1988 and has, since that time, been almost exclusively engaged in advising on maritime law matters and major incidents in the field. In 2011, having previously been a leading partner with another internationally recognised law firm, he launched his own boutique shipping law practice with two other colleagues, which soon established itself as a leader in shipping transport and trade. He has advised a wide range of Owners, Charterers, Operators and Traders in relation to a variety of matters ranging from piracy incidents in the Gulf of Aden to major casualties and ship building disputes. He has also drafted a number of commercial documents, including the terms and conditions for leading insurance facilities. He is an accredited CEDR mediator and supporting member of the LMAA, Baltic Exchange and Association of Average Adjusters.

1500 – Tea/Coffee Break

Session 3

- The Connectivity Evolution

Cloud, IoT, big data, remote monitoring…

1520 – The Evolution of Maritime Connectivity – An Outlook

  • Revenue and demand estimates and forecasts for the service providers
  • Market drivers such as the evolution in operational applications (IoT, digitization…) and growing connectivity demand for crews
  • Main technical and cost inhibitors
click for bioJuliette Caillault, Consultant, Euroconsult

Juliette Caillault Juliette Caillault is a Consultant of Euroconsult, based in Paris, France. She regularly contributes to consulting missions and research reports primarily focused on the mobile market. Her experience lies in the maritime satcom market and the competitive market landscape of maritime connectivity by satellite. Juliette is the main contributor to the following research reports: “Prospect for Maritime Satellite Communications” and “Prospect for L-Band, IoT & M2M Markets”.

Prior joining Euroconsult, Juliette worked at Thales Alenia Space within the Business Line Telecom, where she assessed small satellite telecommunication’s market. She also worked in corporate strategy for Rabobank. in China. Juliette holds a master Degree in Economics and Market Organizations, from the Toulouse School of Economics. She acquired expertise in quantitative market analyze and methodology in cost-benefit analyzes.

1545 – Next Generation Communications Powering the Truly Digital Ship
click for bioAlberto Pérez Espinosa, Director Business Development, Inmarsat Maritime

Alberto Pérez EspinosaAlberto Perez is Director of Business Development within Inmarsat Maritime, looking after new business ideas and partnerships.

Prior to joining Inmarsat, he worked for 11 years in ABB Marine, holding different global positions of responsibility in Sales, Business Development and Product Management, helping ship owners and ship operators to gain efficiencies and reduce emissions by using a combination of cutting edge technologies, and a sensible use of data.

Alberto is also an active contributor in terms of shipping regulation, having been a member of European Commission Working Group on Shipping Emissions reduction. He holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Universidad Politecnica de Madrid and an MBA from IE Business School in Madrid.

On a personal note, he is originally from Spain but lives with his wife and two children in the French speaking part of Switzerland, where they enjoy hiking and skiing in the Alps.

1610 – Seamless, resilient and ultra-secure global data network for Maritime Communications

  • LeoSat is building a laser-connected business backbone in space
  • Unique infrastructure will provide ultra-secure, resilient & future-proof data network powering Maritime Communications
  • Serving 100% of the planet. Reaching farther than geostationary satellites … going faster than fiber
  • The time is right for LEO – 4 out of 5 top satellite operators have concluded that non-GEO capability is essential
  • LeoSat is a digital catalyst for business growth – leveraging cloud-based operations to improve efficiency, operational effectiveness and safety
click for bioRonald van der Breggen, Chief Commercial Officer, LeoSat Enterprises

Ronald van der BreggenRonald van der Breggen, Chief Commercial Officer of LeoSat Enterprises, has more than 20 years of experience in the telecom and satellite sectors. A native of the Netherlands, van der Breggen began his telecom career at Dutch Telecom incumbent KPN, rising to the position of VP IP Services. From 2003 to 2013, he served as Vice President Customer Account Management at SES, one of the world’s leading satellite operators. Having worked in both the fiber and satellite industries, Ronald knows first hand the traditional limitation for data on satellites as compared to fiber. With LeoSat’s unique constellation network this will now change as it brings opportunities for customers they never had before. Ronald holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Nijenrode University as well as a Masters in Business Telecommunications from the Technical University of Delft, both in the Netherlands.

1630 – Panel Discussion: The Maritime Satcom Summit Panel
The panel will discuss the opportunities and boundaries of maritime connectivity including most recent developments, case studies in other domains and challenges in connectivity for unmanned vessels. How can they support ship owners and managers to enhance operational agility and effectively manage costs?
Moderated by: click for bioKarl Jeffrey, Founding Editor, Digital Ship

Karl JeffreyEditor of Digital Energy Journal and Software for Domain Experts; conference producer for Digital Energy Journal, Finding Petroleum, Tanker Operator and Carbon Capture Journal; managing director of Future Energy Publishing, which runs Digital Energy Journal, Finding Petroleum, Carbon Capture Journal and Tanker Operator magazine, marketing manager Petromall, support conference organiser, Digital Ship.

Also co-author of "Your Situation Awareness - how digital technology can make it better" published Sept 2017.

Panellists include:
click for bioJoe Apa, VP Maritime, Speedcast

Joe ApaJoe Apa is Vice President for Maritime, Central, Northern Europe, and the US for Speedcast, based in the United Kingdom.

Qualifying as a Radio Officer from Wray Castle College of Marine Electronics and Communications Engineering, Mr Apa has over 25 years’ experience in the Satellite communications industry, including senior positions at TrustComm, Inmarsat and Stratos.

While at Inmarsat, Mr Apa held the position of Vice President of Maritime Sales Asia, and contributed in a successful period of year on year growth in the region. Before that, Mr Apa spent 15 successful years at Stratos, covering roles as Director, Enterprise and Government for UK and Americas, and ultimately as Vice President of the Global Maritime Business, before the successful acquisition of Stratos by Inmarsat in 2009.

Since joining Speedcast, Mr Apa has focused on improving the regional reach, and Speedcast experience to the customer base, while actively engaging with the team to increase the awareness of the new Speedcast network plans and Value Added service offering to the market.

click for bioRonald van der Breggen, Chief Commercial Officer, LeoSat Enterprises

Ronald van der BreggenRonald van der Breggen, Chief Commercial Officer of LeoSat Enterprises, has more than 20 years of experience in the telecom and satellite sectors. A native of the Netherlands, van der Breggen began his telecom career at Dutch Telecom incumbent KPN, rising to the position of VP IP Services. From 2003 to 2013, he served as Vice President Customer Account Management at SES, one of the world’s leading satellite operators. Having worked in both the fiber and satellite industries, Ronald knows first hand the traditional limitation for data on satellites as compared to fiber. With LeoSat’s unique constellation network this will now change as it brings opportunities for customers they never had before. Ronald holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Nijenrode University as well as a Masters in Business Telecommunications from the Technical University of Delft, both in the Netherlands.

click for bioRonald Spithout, President, Inmarsat Maritime

Ronald SpithoutMr Ronald H. W. Spithout currently serves as President, Inmarsat Maritime. Spithout was appointed in October 2014 to oversee global maritime activities for Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Prior to joining the maritime business unit, he served as President, Inmarsat Enterprise. In this role, held since 2012, Spithout had global responsibility for sales, including accountability for P&L, strategic direction and partnerships for enterprise markets, including Energy, Media and Commercial. Spithout came to Inmarsat from Stratos Global, which had been acquired by Inmarsat in April 2009 and then restructured under the Inmarsat brand in January 2012.

From July 2006 through December 2011, Spithout was Senior Vice President, MSS Marketing and Sales, Worldwide, for Stratos Global. He held global responsibility for the MSS marketing and sales organization, including accountability for P&L, strategic direction and partnerships, the company's distribution network, and the evaluation of new technologies to enhance and complement Stratos' core offerings. Prior to that, he handled Stratos MSS Sales for all countries except North America. He came to Stratos from Xantic B.V., a satellite communications company headquartered in The Netherlands, which was acquired by Stratos in early 2006. At Xantic, Spithout served as Executive Vice President Marketing and Sales and was previously responsible for Xantic's Network and Service Operations, including the Land Earth Stations and its customer service activities.

Spithout, who began his career in the telecommunications business in the late 80s, held various sales positions for KPN (the Royal Dutch Telecom Operator) in the Netherlands and has held numerous positions with several of KPN's JV companies including business accountabilities for KPN's Asia market out of Singapore, operations for PanTel in Hungary, and marketing and sales for Ratelindo in Indonesia.

Spithout holds a degree in electrical engineering from HTS-Rotterdam, the Rotterdam Institute for Technology. He also served in the Dutch military as a reserve Lieutenant in the Dutch Cavalry.

1715 - Conference Conclusions Followed by Drinks & Networking Reception

*Certain speaker and topics TBA and invited only
**Please note all topics and timings are TBC and subject to change